Sweets for Sandy- ENDED

Here is the list of all of the goodies that will be up for auction, all proceeds going to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, starting right now! Bidding will continue throughout the day tomorrow (FRIDAY) and will end at midnight Friday night EST (11/9).

So here’s how it works:

-Pick the goodie(s) you would like to bid on

-Send an email to fitnessista at gmail dot com with this in the subject: SANDY AUCTION [ITEM NUMBER] [Current bid amount] – please follow this format as it will be so much easier for me to update the spreadsheet with the highest bids!

-I’ll email the current highest bidder back as I update this page throughout the day on Friday. I’ll tweet and Facebook to spread the word each time max bids are updated here!

-The winning bidder will have exactly 24 hours after the event ends to make their donation to the Red Cross. If this step isn’t completed in time, the respective items will then be offered to the next highest bidder.

-Please assume that all items are for US shipment only, unless otherwise indicated (like the macaroons)

Thank you so much to everyone who donated the following treats and goodies- I’m lucky to be surrounded by such a strong network of people willing to help others in need.

This has ENDED as of midnight EST on Friday night. Winning bid amounts are below. If multiple people bid at the same winning amount, the first person to email in their bid was chosen as the winner.  Thank you again to everyone for your help and participation! I know your efforts will be appreciated by many in need.



Bids updated 10:15 PM EST: This is the last update for the night! Winning bids will be announced at midnight EST, so if you realllllllyyyyy want your goodies- make a good bid 😉 So far we’re on par to get around $1500 for the Red Cross- AMAZING.

1) Paleo Morning Glory muffins from Tina at Carrots ‘n’ Cake: $60


2) Cvill Cluster Granola from Kath at KathEats– $76

Cville Cluster Granola is Kath’s favorite granola – it has big chunks of oat clusters that taste like an oatmeal cookie! Along with the granola is a bag of Great Harvest’s whole grain pancake mix, which is hearty and made from 100% whole wheat flour ground fresh in their store.


3) Cookie Dough Bites from Katie, aka Chocolate-Covered Katie– $100

Cookie dough bites

4) Gluten-free vegan brownies from Michelle and Lori of PurelyTwins– $100


5) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls from Sarah at Peas and Thank You– $100

These decadent cookies are doughy, gooey and totally moan-worthy.  You can have your own batch–they can be made both vegan and/or gluten free!

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6) 5-minute No-bake Peanut Butter Bars from Anne of Fannetastic Food: $60

By far my most popular recipe on my blog, these No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars are delicious, nutritious, and perfect for something healthy to eat on the go. The bars are vegan and can also be made with almond butter instead of peanut butter per request. 


7) Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Z Bars from Danielle at Clean Food Creative Fitness: $35


8) Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Monica at Run, Eat, Repeat– $70

Pumpkin cookies

9) Almond Butter Granola from Julie at PB Fingers: $60

Almond butter granola

A great on-the-go snack or Greek yogurt-topper, this almond butter is made with simple ingredients! It’s slightly sweet and bursting with the flavors of almond butter and cinnamon. Eat it by the handful, sprinkle it on top of your favorite protein pancakes or stir it into a hot bowl of oats.

10) Salted Chocolate Caramel Popcorn Bark from Sarah at Skinny Runner– $60


11) Cookies and Trader Joe’s goodies from Janae at Hungry Runner Girl– $120


12) Loaded Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Courtney at Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life– $80

“Flourless, chewy oatmeal cookies loaded with all sorts of chocolate, sweet raisins, and plenty of peanut butter”

Loaded Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies 4

13) A batch of custom macaroons (almond butter chocolate, classic blonde, dark chocolate, mocha, super-roon, mint chocolate, red velvet, lemon-lavendar or pumpkin) and whatever random goodies I throw in the box (like protein powder, bars, almond butter, etc), from me 🙂 -$400


Roon dough 

Non-food goodies:

14) A dozen gorgeous roses, shipped anywhere in the US, courtesy of Alexandra and Fiesta Roses (which she and her family own)- $75

We have farms in Ecuador and offer live, fresh cut, stem-dyed flowers where each petal on the rose is a different color. We can ship anywhere in the United States and would allow the highest bidder to send any dozen of their choice to anyone they wanted with an optional gift message included…the red, white and blue might be pertinent since Veterans’ Day is coming up or the Harvest Roses for Thanksgiving.

November Harvest Rose

12nv rainbow

15) Crochet Snack Bunch from Mara at Whats for Dinner? -$25

The winning bidder can choose the macaron “flavor” and color of the coffee mug. These would be so sweet as a gift to a little girl!

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With the current donation amounts, we’ve raised $1421. Pretty amazing!! If you would like to donate to a family who was affected by the storm, check out this donation page.








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  1. Melissa on November 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Words can not express how awesome this is. I live in Toms River and I’m 5 minutes from Seaside…the sadness from the devastation from this storm is heartbreaking. There are so many families who’s lives have been completely flipped upside down in the matter of hours from Sandy…to know that you are doing this for those who weren’t so lucky is beyond amazing. It goes to show how people who are miles and miles away are helping out during this rough time is just above and beyond anything I can say. Thank you for doing this <3

    • Lisa on November 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      I completely agree w/you Melissa. I’m from Jersey as well (Middlesex County). It is amazing the outpouring of support and help our state has received so far. A million thanks for what you’re doing on your blog. Just this past weekend I was helping organize donations to go to needy areas in our state and Staten Island, NY. People are extremely generous with donations to give those who lost everything from those of us who only lost power (I lost mine on Monday night and got it back Friday afternoon). Thank you, thank you, thank you. We will recover from this and the shore will be back and better than ever. God Bless.

  2. Blog is the New BLack on November 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    This is such a great idea!

  3. Donna on November 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I’m all over those macaroons!!! I’ve been wanting to try them for years! How will payment be? Credit card? PayPal?

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      via donation on the red cross website, with a forward of the receipt

  4. Brooke (beinvivacious.blogspot.com) on November 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Good luck with this fundraiser. it is awesome that you are doing this. The damage is really devestating in many places

  5. Dina on November 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    FYI 12am EST is 10pm Tucson time.

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      thank you- i’ll have it up at 10 then 😉

  6. Allison @ Train Eat Repeat on November 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    looks like a lot of good stuff up for grabs! what a great idea

  7. Catherine Crain on November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I want your macaroons so bad!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. Kels on November 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    As a reader who lives on the NJ shore I just wanted to say how nice it is to see the out pouring of support from people across the county. Thanks for what you are doing – we all appreciate efforts like yours! 🙂

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks on November 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks to you, Gina, and everyone who’s contributing to this great cause! Bravo!

    I want one of everything 🙂

  10. alyssa - life a la wife on November 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I love to see bloggers come together! As someone who lost everything during this hurricane it makes me happy to see that people have good hearts 🙂

  11. Jaclyn on November 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    This is awesome, I love it!! You should TOTALLY do another Lululemon for a cause-Sandy, too! 😀

  12. Aimee on November 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    This is so awesome! I live on the shore in Connecticut and while we were fortunate to only have minor damage and be without power for 4 days, many people around us lost everything. So THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT! can’t wait to bid on these goodies tomorrow 🙂

  13. Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate on November 9, 2012 at 2:55 am

    This is amazing, can’t wait to bid!

  14. Lindsay @ Live. Love. Nutrition. on November 9, 2012 at 5:28 am

    This is a great idea! Thank you for contributing to Sandy-Releif <3 she wreaked havoc here last week.

  15. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on November 9, 2012 at 7:19 am

    So excited to see how things go! I know it’s going to be great 🙂

    • Rochelle on November 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Courtney, your cookies are SO MINE!!!! <3

  16. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on November 9, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Thanks for hosting Gina! This is such an awesome idea!!!!

  17. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers on November 9, 2012 at 8:53 am

    i’m ready to make some granolaaaa! this is such a great idea, gina. i hope this raises a lot of money to help those in need right now.

  18. Amanda on November 9, 2012 at 9:02 am

    You are awesome, this is awesome.

  19. Anne on November 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Omg the crochet snack bunch is SO CUTE!!!

  20. Ali on November 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Aaaah! As much as I love Canada, right now it is getting in the way of bidding on so many delicious items! (Gina… yours were out of my student budget way too fast.)

  21. Purelytwins on November 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

    love it all! everything looks so good!!! thanks again for letting us be apart of it 🙂 love ya

  22. RunEatRepeat on November 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

    This is a great cause! Spread the word everyone!!

  23. Janae@hungryrunnergirl on November 9, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Love this so much! Thank you for organizing this GIna!

  24. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    SO great of you to be doing this! Thanks for helping raise awareness!

  25. Emily @ www.main-eats.com on November 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    You are such a rock star-thanks for doing this!!! I totally wish I could have donated something!!!!!! Is it too late?!

  26. Leslie W on November 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Your macaroons are on my Foodie Bucket List. lol

  27. Lauren @SizzleEats on November 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    This looks amazing!! Great idea!!

  28. julie on November 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    don’t get me wrong – i think it’s great that you’re doing this fundraiser and all but i’m from where we were directly hit and the money should go ANYWHERE else but the red cross – the red cross is NO WHERE to be found – like no where. there are no tents, no help – so i’m not sure what the red cross is doing with everyone’s money – but they’re most certainly not helping the people of new york! i talk with people everyday who don’t have homes, who have no water or clothing or anything left – and what they’re most disappointed about is the lack of red cross presence. again – i think it’s wonderful and amazing that you put this together but i would definitely think twice about sending the money to the red cross because it won’t be coming to the Sandy victims!

  29. Rochelle on November 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I just found out that the company I work for is also doing “dollar for dollar” contributions for the Red Cross. If I am the highest bidder for the cookies I want, then the amount donated will actually be DOUBLE the amount of my donation. How cool is that?

    Anyway, I just wanted to suggest that others check with their employers, to see if they are offering similar opportunities. What a great way to help out!

    And Gina, thank you so much for organizing this! In case you don’t hear it often enough, you are beyond awesome!

    • Donna on November 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      That’s awesome! I just hope that I’m not outbidding you for the macaroons, haha, I’m determined to get those!

  30. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on November 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this! I am from Long Island and there is so much devastation around me. I know everyone affected will truly appreciate it. Things like this make me love the blog world even more.

  31. Danica @ It's Progression on November 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Love that you’re hosting this Gina, and thank you to all of the bloggers contributing!! This is the best kind of way to “use” the blogging community for the advantage of others. Love it.

  32. Steph @ Steph Stays Slim on November 10, 2012 at 2:19 am

    What an amazing way to show support to all the victims of Sandy…I can’t even begin to imagine how much work you put into the project. Kudos!!

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